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5-Minute Homemade Hummus

5-Minute Homemade Hummus Recipe😋🌿

Ingredients:
-1 can chickpeas, rinsed
-1 clove garlic
-1/4 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp fresh lemon juice🍋
-2 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste – optional)
-1 tsp ground cumin
-Sea salt
-1/4 tsp paprika

Instructions:
In a food processor, purée the chickpeas and garlic with the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin, and 3/4 tsp salt until smooth & creamy. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika before serving. Yum!

What’s Trending – Smart Watches

We’re loving the growing trend of smart watches (ie: Fit Bits, Apple Watches) in the health and wellness community. Not only do they track workouts, they also keep us accountable and aware. Here are some benefits of owning a Smart Watch🤓⏰

1. They keep track (and motivate you) to reach your daily steps goal
2. They remind you when to get to sleep
3. You can wear it in the shower, so you never really have to take it off
4. Smart watches track your workouts and how many calories you’ve burned
5. They encourage you to take little active breaks throughout the day, which is great for our metabolism (and mental stamina)
6. They can monitor certain health conditions including blood pressure, heart rate, and fall detection
7. You can reply to text messages faster and receive calls instantly
8. A smart watch will also log your social media notifications
9. Most watches provide an emergency SOS feature in case of emergency
10. They also offer a great GPS feature in real-time to track location (some parents utilize this feature on their children’s watches)

Ways To ReEnergize

Our Top 10 Ways To ReEnergize⚡️

1. Green Tea🍵 – Experience an increase in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain associated with working memory, which we need for problem-solving and focus.

2. Cordyceps🌱 – Also known as “the ginseng of mushrooms”, cordyceps enhance stamina and strengthen the immune system. We recommend Four Sigmatic products.

3. Holy Basil✨ – Studies show Holy Basil alleviates stress, headaches, colds, digestive problems, and inflammation! It’s also a powerful antioxidant.

4. IV Therapy💦 – Our Myer’s Cocktail is a vitamin and mineral rich formula consisting of Magnesium, Calcium, B-Vitamins, and Vitamin C. IV Therapy brings you back to working speed quickly.

5. Vitamin C Drip🍊 – Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant and powerful free radical scavenger. We offer a Vitamin C Drip to strengthen the immune system and provide pain relief.

6. Music🎧 – Your favourite tunes can stimulate the body and mind to use energy more efficiently. It also allows us to release stress and tension, and move quickly into a state of flow.

7. Snack Break🍏 – Give your blood sugar a kick. Eating an apple is healthier than a chocolate bar, and will give you a boost of energy.

8. Switch Gears🎨 – Shift from a logical task to a creative one. Switching up activities will use different parts of your brain and let others rest, while still being productive.

9. Vitamin B Shot☀️ – Our Vitamin B12 shot is great for boosting energy, and consists of B12 and Folic Acid.

10. Acupuncture🧘🏻‍♂️ – We offer acupuncture to stimulate healing, reduce anxiety, pain, and hormone balance.


The Benefits of Being Outside on Mental Health

A simple walk in the outdoors can do wonders for our mental health; leaving us calmer, more relaxed, and more focused. Time outside has been studied and proven to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Contact with nature has restorative properties, increases energy, and improves feelings of vitality and focus. It has been proven to reduce symptoms of ADHD, improve creativity, and restore capacity for concentration and attention. It can also improve sleep quality and help reset our circadian rhythm (by waking up to natural sunlight vs artificial light.) Nature can also help with the grief process by improving self-awareness and positively affecting our moods. Get outside and reap all of these amazing benefits! ☀️🌱🐻🌷🌊

Herbal Tinctures

What Are The Benefits Of Herbal Tinctures? 

🌱Fast way to deliver medicine throughout the body
🌱Very concentrated, so requires less amount of medicine to consume
🌱Quick and convenient
🌱One of the only ways to get fresh, herbal medicines
🌱Very potent when dealing with acute manifestation conditions such as pain or anxiety
🌱Easier to digest and breakdown compared to capsules or tablets
🌱Tinctures are long lasting and have a much longer shelf life than fresh or dried herbs

Framingham Heart Study

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about the importance of the Framingham Heart Study and heart attack risk factors. #FraminghamRiskScore

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Heart Health Month Herbal Formulas

A great herbal formula for heart health is Hawthorne. Hawthorne is used for diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure and irregular heartbeat. It’s also used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), and high cholesterol.

Heart Disease Risk Factors

#WatchWednesday

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic explaining the risk factors for heart disease and heart attacks. #HeartHealthMonth

What’s Trending – Four Sigmatic

Four Sigmatic specializes in super foods, functional mushrooms, and adaptogenic herbs. This brand makes drinking mushrooms delicious and easy to do with their wide variety of super food beverages! From Mushroom Coffees, to Matchas and Hot Cacao with multi-mushroom blends, Four Sigmatic covers all of your warm beverage needs. Our favorite products include their Mushroom Hot Cacao with Reishi. This hot chocolate is organic, vegan, paleo, and decaf. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy day with its special reishi mushroom blend. An upgrade on guilt-free hot chocolate, this product also supports occasional stress and restful sleeps. Check out their website for more awesome (and tasty) products.

https://us.foursigmatic.com/

Chelation Therapy

Since February is Heart Health Month, Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic is explaining Chelation Therapy in relation to heart disease and heavy metals.

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